The Hazy Islands Wilderness, a subunit into the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf of Alaska Unit, is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Far offshore, beaten by wind and wave, Big Hazy Island and her four smaller sisters stick out of the frigid sea, providing predator-free nesting areas for large populations of common murres, pigeon guillemots, glaucous-winged gulls, horned puffins, and tufted puffins. Brandt's cormorants nest here, one of only two islands they inhabit in Alaska.
Remote, without anchorages or campsites, beaten by frequent storms under high winds, the rocks called Hazy Islands are seldom seen and human visitation is discouraged to protect the birds and the humans. Hazy Islands Wilderness receives 73.5 inches of precipitation each year. Summer temperatures average in the low 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit) and in the low 20s and 30s in winter. This is Alaska's smallest Wilderness area.
Leave No Trace
Public visitation on the islands is discouraged to protect nesting birds. View wildlife from afar.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.